The video is a dream state kind of thing and it started with a desire to make a stain-glass window out of ice and record the way it deteriorates, said Duncan-Portuondo, who grew up in Coconut Grove, and now lives in Edgewater, just east of Wynwood.
In a studio nearby, the smell of turpentine announces oil painter Kathleen Nicole Burko. She has displayed her paintings at Panther Coffee in Wynwood, but aspires to be a part of a local collection like the Rubell or the Margulies.
Solitude inspires her. As a child Burko played alone in the forest of Caledon, Canada, and moved to Fort Lauderdale as a teen, where she picked up free diving. She uses sable brushes to apply a neutral palette and she is generous with cobalt blue.
I try to convey the feeling I get when I am underwater, Burko said. Free diving is exhilarating. But it is also like a meditation, as time and space slows down, and you get close to having an out-of-body experience.
During Art Basel, she will be working on a large painting named Crevasse valued at about $3,000 for a January group exhibit at the Young At Art museum in Davie. She doesnt expect to be invited to fancy parties or VIP lounges, so she is using social media to network, sending images of her work to potential collectors via Facebook.
A referral can make a difference. I would hope to meet a passionate collector someone who takes the time to understand my work, said Burko, 25. I do sell my paintings. I use oil on linen, so they are archival, which means that they are made to withstand time. Im pretty good at living cheap, and Im breaking even on what I spend on materials.
Meanwhile, Gomez, 36, said he knew people appreciated his work, the day he put up one of his gold owls on a mailbox and it was stolen. Over the past eight months, he has put up hundreds of his black-and-gold icons.
The inspiration for his elegant designs comes from a childhood visit to the Gold Museum (El Museo del Oro) in Bogotá, Colombia, where pre-Hispanic goldsmith treasures from indigenous cultures are kept. Some of the curves in the designs have been haunting him ever since.
Its about the mystery of a lost civilization and knowledge, Gomez said.
How did they know how to manipulate this material? Its about exploring my roots.